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  1. 5 points
    Christmas Time !! Here's a bargain at Bunnings for the Billabong:- )) Grover
  2. 4 points

    grown man buying toys

    well I'm not sure what I'm doing but I had to buy one of these seeing as I keep some.
  3. 4 points

    New Member with New Idea!

    Hi Guys, I am new to the hobby and the site. I started to get interested in aquariums recently and being somewhat 'handy', I decided to have a crack at a unique aquarium build. I ended up building an aquarium from a full size wine barrel and putting a perspex porthole in the front for viewing. I'd love to get some feedback from you guys on your thoughts and potential issues going forward just please keep in mind that I am a builder/cabinet maker/creator and not a seasoned aquarium enthusiast. I just had an idea and wanted to get into the hobby. I wouldn't mind making a few of these for people either, if there was some interest. Thanks in advance. (First and last images are of the tank empty) Aaron
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    Electric Yellow Legal Import?

    Well, I have just seen a video of some 8 - 9cm imported electric yellows currently in a tank in Melbourne. To be honest, I found them very disappointing and there is no way I will be obtaining any to use as breeding stock, in my humble opinion my own strain are far better quality, both in colouration and body shape. I do not know where the ones in the video were imported from, but I am assuming Asia. My understanding is that electric yellows are not collected wild from the lake and exported nowadays. Presumably importers therefore will have the option of importing quality German stock or cheap stock from Asia, much like with Cyrtocara moori (aka blue dolphins) which have been an allowable import for many years. In my personal experience the German blue dolphins are far better quality than the cheap Asian ones and I assume this will also be the case with electric yellows. So I'm expecting there may be the odd small import of the quality German lines which will sell at a premium, probably mainly to serious breeders. But I expect the bulk of imports will be cheap Asian stock by major wholesalers which while admittedly bringing some new blood into the country, I do not expect to add any appreciable quality to current stocks.
  5. 4 points
    Goldie Removal - part 2 Many thanx to @crusty76 for his visit with his family today! The Billabong has fewer goldies than yesterday - Hooray! Here's the live action shots (as also seen 5 min ago on Instagram & FB). Insta-fish Face-fish On QLDAF you get the longer story than the Insta's and FBers. Crusty arrived this morning with the full kit, and a 9ft circular throw net (weighted with sinkers around the circumference). Grover's role was to entice the goldies with splashing and food, then stand back. Crusty's first mumbled comments as he was about to throw? "Hope I don't catch a gourami"... (famous first words...) Once Nelson was out of the net, we discovered about 20 decent sized goldies had stuck around in the net. Well done!! Grover now has a chance to practice his 'casting' technique on the lawn first, then on the goldies. So, drop me a PM if you'd like some, and it looks like I might just be abke to deliver now. Cheers, Grover (The Dog did help, by mostly getting underfoot just as the net was being thrown!) https://www.instagram.com/giantpinkgourami/ Wow! I have 5 followers now! You can still get in early :-)
  6. 4 points

    Show us your ferals

    I'm a big fan of native Australian fish. Cichlids have no place in Australian rivers. I was probably naive to post up the dead picture. I apologise if that offended you. Fisheries put out a bulletin a few years ago mentioning that they had been detected in Somerset, this pair is the first i have come across in my neck of the woods. Sad that they are so pretty, but they do require the Tilapia treatment. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
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    Goldfish are underrated.

    It's hard to argue how good a white fish is against a black background! Can't wait for this baby to grow into a deeper body and longer fins. Such a pretty and underrated fishy. Looks great in the living room!
  8. 4 points
    Hey all, recently moved and delving into the hobby a bit more, started the fish room under the new house and have about 12 ponds out back. I've got the bug again so i'm starting to upload videos again like i used to, have a looky if you like your Natives n such Cam Also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PrecisionAquaticz/
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    SPRING Has Sprung! OK! So, its actually been wet & drizzly today (and I'm warming myself up with a plate of fried Haloumi cheese - Lime & Parsley flavoured!). But progress has been made! The blue Winter cover has been peeled back into a shapeless mass - just waiting for me to fold it neatly and stack it away. The polystyrene pallets are in the carport and will be hoisted back up into the rafters tomorrow. And finally, the GPGs are highly visible during their ramblings around the Billabong. They have shown themselves to be very shy, and I had to hide behind the polystyrene bits to take candid photos... The best I could do as they surfaced and swam around was to count 15; I'm sure there's more :-) Stay Farcebooked, Instagrummed, and Twitter-fied; and you won't see any of the unfolding story of Spring / Summer! Updates only available on QLDAF ! Regards, Grover (Might even go for a swim tomorrow if it turns sunny! I noticed one of the giant terracotta pleco caves is 5ft down rather than sitting on the ledge. GPGs are too strong for their own good!)
  10. 3 points
    Hi all Just wanted to post my diy effort of rebuilding a stand. I had a store mdf stand as part of the aqua one package. My filter must have leaked as I noticed that the mdf was swelling. I panicked and immediately broke down the tank and moved the fish to my second tank. It had 500kg of weight on it and I didn't want to be cleaning that up. I managed to salvage the doors, top and side panel. I followed the online guides and built a new internal frame from structural pine. Recladded the frame with the salvaged panels. I think it looks the same so mission accomplished. Cost about $120 for timber and paint. Let me know your thoughts.
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    How Many Goldfish in the Billabong? Not really sure Mick! About this many... Or if you want to count them in the video... GPG UW Billabong21 Cheers, Grover (Ha! The Insta-fish hordes are flocking to Instagram - I have 6 followers! Does that make me an "Influencer" yet??)
  12. 3 points
    Goldie Removal - part 1 Set up a wading pool for all the goldies I expect to catch - caught The Dog instead! Ha ha! Grover
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    Show us your ferals

    I don't mind doing a bit of nocturnal dip netting. I "dispatched" a pair of Pearl Cichlids last night from Twin bridges, Brisbane River near Fernvale. Its my local, I only live just up the road. I'm used to seeing the tillys but these are the first Pearls I have managed to nail. I guess they were on a nest. Cheers, Dave. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  14. 3 points

    Show us your ferals

    @sharknado who really cares if they killed them, probably better than taking them home and putting them in a tank and bringing a disease in and wiping out who knows how many fish theyre not natives so they have no place in our waterways cos thats exactly what we wanna do ..shout someone down cos they are getting rid of ferals in the creek,,,are you kidding its shit like that that will stop people culling carp,mosquito fish,talapia and even theold sword tails and guppies that are everywhere...pull ylur head out of your rear end , theyre doing our natives a favour and maybe they dont have somewhere to put them thats it rake a couple of kids over the coals for it...hope it makes u feel like a big man pearl cichlids have an established population in the wild and that only means 1 thing for our natives....they gotta fight harder to survive i suppose that you would rather see the kids in front of the playstation instad of being outside anything that hinders the onslaught of feral fish on our native population is bloody alright by me these kids need praise not ridicule..
  15. 3 points

    Show us your ferals

    Some more Pearls, this time from Lake Wivenhoe. The kids caught these just after dark at the Kipper creek access point a couple of nights ago. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  16. 3 points

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Does your boss hate u? Whyalla ......only thing to see there is the main road out..and the steel smelter...unless youre a fisherman then the best place to be is 10 km out to sea.............been there,seen it, didnt think much of it....left
  17. 3 points
    Automatic Fish Feeders... (for the Billabong???) Yes ! I think I've solved the problem of how to feed Giant Pink Gouramis (GPGs) for at least a week, while I gallivant all over Australia for an IT project (alright - so it's only South Australia as a destination, and even then it's the exciting, tourist-catchy town of... Whyalla ! ) The answer came to me (as most do) in the disguise of a problem. Sometime ago I reported that one of the islands had tried to turn turtle, but only got half-way and was lying on its side with the Elephant Ear leaves in the water. Inspiration strikes!!! The GPGs happily munched off most of the leaves over the next month or so - here is how it looks now. And, you can see that it is still very attractive to a hungry gourami! The plant root systems are embedded in the island structure, so if I get it floating flat again the plants should recover. Now for the bright idea - I have a second island with plants standing tall and proud. So, before I leave for sunny Adelaide (and the Wilds of Whyalla) tomorrow afternoon, I'm going to tip the island on its side and let the GPGs hoe into the plants while I'm away. Daughter #1 is busy and my niece can be a bit erratic in the feeding dept. at times. Ta Da ! = Automatic Fish Feeder for Giant Pink Gouramis (AFFGPG) Remember cobbers! You saw it here first! Grover (OK... now hit those Thanks, Ha Ha, Like, or even Confused icons... we need to up the ratings please :-) EDIT: Thank you crusty (Numero One supporter of GPGs); everyone just thinks the GPGs are clickbait... ha ha!
  18. 3 points

    Motoro Pups

    Was pretty excited to witness my ray have pups for the first time and thought I'd share a vid and pic. Motoro Birth 4 Boys & 2 Girls in total
  19. 3 points
    Last Update from Cape Town... "They're fish Jim, but not as we know them!" Cheers, Grover (Next stop, Drakensberg Mountains)
  20. 3 points

    marine on cf

    @Craigoit's not the first marine tank I have had its about the 5th it's the first one on cf all the rest where sumped the the wife got pissed with the nose from the over flow
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  23. 3 points
    GPG Feeding Time... This morning's feeding frenzy ! Grover
  24. 3 points

    Apistogramma Picture Thread

    Some of my current Apistos.. Got more species, but they wont sit still!.. These are mostly the males from my pairs.. Borelli Opals Macmasteri "Super Reds" with fry Bitaeniata Agassizzii "Gold Fire Red" Baenschi "Inka 50" That will do for now... Will throw more species up later..
  25. 3 points

    4x3x2 Reefy tank

    4x3x2 coming along like a boss
  26. 3 points

    Dying fish new tank

    another amazing thing is why people do not do any research themselves before buying fish and tanks etc, takes 2 seconds these days to find out all the info they need.......... little bit of ownership goes along way
  27. 3 points

    Dying fish new tank

    Still amazes me to this day that customers buying and setting up new tanks are not sold a basic ammonia/nitrite/nitrate test kit as a compulsory purchase with the tank....... Or even keeping any fish at all at any stage without one...... shit that doesnt make sense ,it makes me a bit angry when shit doesnt make any sense.... it's just dumb weird shit
  28. 3 points

    Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg Tank

    Geos growing out in another tank, nearly big enough for the Ray tank, colours are POPPING
  29. 3 points

    sick cichlids

    everything is perfect, water is fine, and the specialists have checked, you can close the thread now
  30. 2 points

    Free predator marine fish

    Free saltwater fish, collect this Sunday 13th only (pickup Paradise Point): 2 female eppaluette sharks (45-50cm) large Lionfish Coronation cod (20cm) Porcupine puffer (10cm) Val. Puffer (5cm) Snowflake eel (xlarge) Zebra eel (large)
  31. 2 points

    grown man buying toys

    arrived today very happy with it. heres one of mine for comparison.
  32. 2 points

    New Member with New Idea!

    Hi all, It is waterproofed with a pond sealer and yes I heated and curved the perspex myself. That was a mission but next time will be a tonne easier. I have a vacuum for press that i ended up using to heat the perspex until it was pliable, then i shaped to suit. I don't have fish in it atm as i tried to aquascape it (unsuccessfully) and have just removed all of the crap in it to go back to a simple setup. I will however probably screw a piece of driftwood with an Anubis on it to the side for a little flare. I have a number of guppies (which have just had around 25 fry) which i will most likely put in there. I also used some devils ivy for a little aquaponic setup to help with maintenance which is running from one of these. I also have one of these air bubble filters Some more images from the build............
  33. 2 points

    Black shark

    I took my black shark out of my pond during maintenance to get a measurement and take a few pics and noticed lots of reddish scales on it. Is this a normal thing with age or is something wrong with it?
  34. 2 points

    New stand build

    Hey mate so far so good, this was taken a few weeks ago, the doors were not thick enough for the hidden hinges so i had to be creative with making it work. Not far off being painted in 2 pack white, once its dry I have some metal angle to put on the edges and maybe a couple of door handles.. I will post some pics as soon as its done, cheers
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    G'day, what's this fish?

    there is an established feral population of 3 spot blue gourami in the Ross River,Lower Burdekin River ,Sheepstation Creek.....maybe its one of them
  36. 2 points

    Dedicated "Full Tank Shot" Thread

    4x1.5x1.5 Planted PNG Natives Tank
  37. 2 points

    Diy sponge media

    personally Freddy i wouldn't risk something from a cheapo shop, you have no idea what chemicals lie within. A lot of sponges etc have antibacterials which will not be very good for your fish The sites sponsors have pretty good prices, i would suggest just buying from them either online or in store (you get 10% off being a QLDAF member)
  38. 2 points
    Gotta Love Google ! Found this - with a bit of luck I can clear out (and give away) a bunch of Goldies !! Hmm... Now how do I persuade the Border Collie to hold the other end of the net and run it thru the Billabong with me ??? Grover (Temporarily puzzled... and head-less... and it looks like one of his legs has been eaten by the Border Collie !! )
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    I wanted to share this because I didn't find it anywhere online. I bought caribsea super naturals crystal river sand, it wasn't cheap, and multicure stained it. I saturated the stained sand with a bleach solution and overnight it went back to white. It'll be hit with a super dose of prime once a day for a few days until the bleach smell goes away and then put back in the tank. Hopefully this helps someone.
  40. 2 points
    Apistogramma are a small fish, but do well in a large tank. You can get the full behaviour. One of my favourite setups was a four foot tank with A cacatoides in it. 2 M 4 F. 1 male was dominant and had three girls going and would go and visit each in turn. The other M had one girl. The behaviour was fascinating. General rule 1 square foot per female. Steve
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    Hi Corby, welcome to the site. You can use the search function in top right corner to read old threads, there is lots of information going back many years. There is also a native fish club you may be interested in joining : http://www.angfaqld.org.au/aqp/
  42. 2 points

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Yes Cobbers... A successful dip in the Billabong to rescue the giant pleco cave - hooking it up from the depths with my foot, then submerging to grab it and slide back up to the ledge. The GPGs all kept their distance; but annoyingly, I was nibbled on tender parts by hungry goldfish! Absolutely NO photos ! Cheers, Grover (adds a whole new meaning to "Swimming with the fishes" ! )
  43. 2 points
    Back from Furlough... New idea for Giant Gourami fish pond ;-) Not a lot of action to report from the Billabong over the past few months; but with Spring arriving the blue cover will come off and the spring/Summer activities commence. Cheers, Grover Tell the truth - you didn't even know I was gone for nearly 3 months !
  44. 2 points
    Scuba Steve

    8ft reef project

    Now that sounds like a plan. There will either be pics of a near new tank... or pics of a drunk bum, asleep on the patio. Or both
  45. 2 points

    Discus set up

    @raycam01_au did you sell all of your discus
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    I would not go over a 150 watt as if the thermostat fails "in the on state" and they often do it will overheat your tank and kill your fish . I prefer to have the heater so that it can just keep the tank at around 28 to 30 c on a cold day . that way on a really hot day if it sticks you have some time to save the fish before it is too late .
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    hi all! minibun here :)

    Hi and welcome to the forum Cheers Butch
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    Discus set up

    Thanks @raycam01_au I've ordered some will be here next week
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    Hi and welcome to the site
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    QLDAF Future

    I am still hopeful of people doing the right thing by the hobby. Steve
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